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Fra'mani "savory meatloaf" at SF Costco

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david kaplan Oct 22, 2008 03:44 PM

I went to Costco today for the first time in many years and for the first time as a San Franciscan. I nearly fell over when I saw Fra'mani savory meatloaf in the refrigerator section. Neither I nor my husband-to-be even likes meatloaf very much, but Fra'mani is far and away my favorite of the local artisan sausages, so I am willing to try anything their name on the package. Three pounds, $15, in two packages, with a tomato sauce. Will be dinner someday soon.

An earlier post noted that Richmond Costco stocked Fra'mani cooked sausage, as of last year : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/446721 .

I didn't have time today to find other Fra'mani products at SF Costco -- I think it takes practice to navigate the store -- but if I looked harder would I have found more?

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    srr RE: david kaplan Oct 22, 2008 03:49 PM

    Yes. We buy the Fra'mani Italian sausages at the SF Costco. They are with all the other sausages.

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      david kaplan RE: srr Oct 22, 2008 04:02 PM

      Do they have the cooked or raw sausages? Guess I'm going back to Costco soon! Next time I'll do more research here about favorite Costco products.

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        lexdevil RE: david kaplan Oct 22, 2008 07:17 PM

        Cooked spicy Italian.

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          Cicely RE: david kaplan Oct 22, 2008 10:18 PM

          I've had these from the Mountain View Costco. They're pretty good.

      2. Ruth Lafler RE: david kaplan Oct 22, 2008 10:51 PM

        I saw that meatloaf at the San Leandro Costco this week and was curious about it. I look forward to your report!

        1. grishnackh RE: david kaplan Oct 23, 2008 12:14 AM

          Is this non-dairy? I am curious. Thanks.

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            david kaplan RE: grishnackh Oct 23, 2008 06:22 AM

            Nope. Contains milk, cheese, and glutens.

            Pork and beef are the first two ingredients.

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            keg RE: david kaplan Oct 23, 2008 11:47 AM

            Hard times are here again.

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              Xiao Yang RE: keg Oct 23, 2008 05:11 PM

              Not so hard when you're eating designer label meatloaf. Wait until meat loaf dominates the home cooking board.

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              lamster RE: david kaplan Aug 24, 2009 01:46 PM

              I was buying the Fra'mani meatloaf from Costco for a while but then they stopped carrying it. LOVE IT. Perfect size for 2 people for dinner, and some left over for lunch.

              Anyone seen it recently?

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                david kaplan RE: lamster Aug 24, 2009 08:04 PM

                Not at SF Costco around a week ago.

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                  spineguy RE: david kaplan Sep 5, 2009 09:46 PM

                  Bought Fra Mani turkey meatloaf at Sacramento Costco today. They also had Fra Mani premade pasta bolognese and a plain polenta. Looking forward to trying the meatloaf, didn't pick up the other two items though.

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                    margieco RE: spineguy Sep 6, 2009 12:03 AM

                    I picked up the polenta, and they also had the other two at the SF costco.

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                    ML8000 RE: david kaplan Sep 19, 2009 01:20 PM

                    This Chron article says the turkey meat loaf is one of the 4 things Fra'mani makes for Costco. It's a decent read as well.

                    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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                      spineguy RE: ML8000 Sep 20, 2009 01:05 PM

                      That was a good article. I have such a tremendous amount of respect for Paul Bertolli. I remember eating at Oliveto for the first time in '92 or '93 and it was a relevation. We have since moved to Sacramento and still go to Oliveto occasionally, even though Paul is no longer cooking there. His influence is still apparent though, and it remains one of our favorite restaurants.

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                  lamster RE: david kaplan Sep 28, 2009 12:12 PM

                  Went to Costco this weekend and found the savory meatloaf, cooked sausage and polenta. I bought the meatloaf as I am a fan of it from last year. I also grabbed a package of the sausages but I haven't tried it yet. I would have been tempted to get the polenta too but they were giving out samples and I wasn't a fan. Not enough flavor and was on the cold side - though that's a problem with the Costco worker, not the actual product itself.

                  The meatloaf though... we had it last night and it was turkey meatloaf. I think last year, it was beef? Can someone confirm that for me? Both versions are good though I think I prefer the beef.

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                    oaktowngirl RE: lamster Sep 28, 2009 09:21 PM

                    I have both in the freezer. Last years meatloaf was a beef/pork Polpettone. The new one is turkey. I haven't tried it yet, but I am hoping it is not as oily as the old one. I am really looking forward to the beef braised in Zinfandel.

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                      lamster RE: oaktowngirl Sep 29, 2009 02:58 PM

                      Thanks oaktowngirl. I couldn't remember!

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                        blkery RE: lamster Oct 4, 2009 08:22 PM

                        I found the beef in zin up here in the Pacific Northwest - anyone tried it yet?

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                          oaktowngirl RE: blkery Oct 4, 2009 10:00 PM

                          Yummy. Rich, really a boeuf bourgignon, Italian style. Served with the organic polenta.

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                            blkery RE: oaktowngirl Oct 6, 2009 06:20 PM

                            I tried it out and followed the heating directions on the stovetop (5 min on medium give or take), but the beef turned out pretty tough. I left the range for a minute with the pot covered and came back to find it at moderate boil. You can tell I don't braise much - would this have toughened the meat?

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                              cvhound RE: blkery Oct 6, 2009 09:37 PM

                              I warmed ours in the oven, covered in foil, per the directions and found the meat too dense/tough for our taste. We prefer a "looser" meatloaf, so we won't be buying the meatloaf again. We also prefer a sweeter glaze and more sauce on top.

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                                blkery RE: cvhound Oct 7, 2009 06:15 AM

                                Oh, sorry, I was referring to the braised beef.

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                    karnps RE: david kaplan Oct 20, 2009 06:36 AM

                    I purchased the turkey meatloaf at Costco, but separated the two meals and threw away the instructions... duh. Will someone post the cooking instructions - preferably the oven directions. Thanks.

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                      farmersdaughter RE: karnps Oct 20, 2009 08:50 AM

                      You could contact Fra'mani for that: http://www.framani.com/write_to_us

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